The family of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrived Thursday afternoon at Boston's Logan Airport, law enforcement confirms.
A law enforcement source confirms Tsarnaev's relatives are staying at the Hampton Inn in Revere just a few miles from Logan, but would not say which relatives are here.
The family members arrived at Logan Airport's Terminal E, an international flight that landed in Boston in the afternoon. They arrived in two white vans from the airport. Revere Police arrived at the hotel a short time later.
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Revere's police chief says the FBI is providing security at the hotel, and that other guests should not be concerned about safety.
Revere Police add that they only learned on Thursday that Tsarnaev's family would be staying in town. Law enforcement officials say the length of that stay depends on the trial.
It appears his family members have not left the hotel throughout the evening, and federal agents remain at the hotel, keeping guard inside.
Law enforcement officials confirm his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, or Tsarni, did not make the trip. Tsarnaeva has an outstanding warrant on a shoplifting case and could have been detained at Customs. She has defended her son in the past and railed against the United States.
Tsarnaev's sister, Alina Tsarnaeva, was previously charged in Boston related to a counterfeiting case and in New York with threatening "to put a bomb" on another woman.
The arrival of his family coincides with the defense giving its opening statement in the penalty phase of Tsarnaev's trial on Monday.
Tsarnaev was convicted this month of all 30 charges against him. Three people were killed and more than 260 others were wounded when twin bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon April 15, 2013. An MIT police officer was also killed in a shootout three days after the bombings.
The government earlier in the day rested their case in the penalty phase of the trial. The prosecution will get a chance for rebuttal after the defense presents its case.
A jury must decide whether to sentence him to life in prison or to death.